Rob Thomas, Ph.D.



(415) 338-1159




Humanities DepartmentCollege of Liberal and Creative Arts


Humanities (HUM)


Office Hours: 

Tuesday: 10:50 am-11:50 am, 5:10 pm-6:10 pm
Wednesday: 5:10 pm-6:10 pm
Thursday: 3:25 pm-4:25 pm

At SF State Since: 



bike graffiti soma

My courses are broadly concerned with the relationship between contemporary culture and the history of Western philosophy, with particular emphasis on theories of the image, affect, pornography, cinema, modernism/modernity, San Francisco, and political economy. 


I am the author of User's Guide to Pornography (forthcoming from Zero Books). I studied with Giorgio Agamben in the seminars on The Time that Remains (Il tempo che resta). My dissertation, Broken: Thought-Images of Life in the State of Exception (2005), explored affect in relation to the state of exception, with emphasis on cinema, apocalypse, modernism/modernity, sexuality and spectacle. 


I hold a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Program in Philosophy, Literature, and the Theory of Criticism (PLC) at the State University of New York at Binghamton (2005), a MA in Philosophy from the State University of New York at Binghamton (2004), a MA in Humanities from San Francisco State University (2000) and a BA in Liberal Arts (with emphasis in critical social theory) from The Evergreen State College (1997).


Expired Polaroid Photo of Dr. Thomas by Todd Duane Miller © 2015

Bike Graffiti in SOMA Photo by Dr. Thomas © 2013



Teaching Portfolio:


Fall 2016 Courses

HUM 425-03 Thought and Image

Tuesday/Thursday 9:35 AM – 10:50 AM in HUM 408

HUM 415 Contemporary Culture

Tuesday/Thursday 2:10 PM – 3:25 PM in HUM 582

HUM 376-01 San Francisco: Biography of a City

Tuesday 6:10 PM – 8:55 PM in HUM 133

HUM 390-01 Images of Eroticism

Wednesday 6:10 – 8:55 PM in HUM 108